(Reuters) - Rhode Island lawmakers gave final approval to a bill legalizing gay marriage on Thursday, making Rhode Island the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and the last of the six New England states to do so.
Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, said he would sign the bill into law immediately.
The other nine states that have legalized same-sex marriage are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, Maine, Maryland and Washington. The District of Columbia has also legalized same-sex marriage.
(Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Leslie Adler)